IDSA Board of Directors Chair John Barratt — himself a former IDEA jury chair — hails the competition as “the authority on design,” showcasing new designs in products that are used every day, and products featuring first-of-a-kind innovations.
Design Concepts’ design of the OneWeb User Terminal and Solar Array won an IDEA 2016 Bronze in the Social Impact category. The solar-powered user terminals will be the local, land-based piece of OneWeb’s goal of providing global high-speed Internet access via a constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites. This concept combines satellite communications, Wi-Fi and cellular technologies, and a solar power source into a compact, self-contained solution.
“OneWeb’s system will provide Internet and communications capabilities to the 56 percent of the world’s population who lack access to the connected world,” said Dave Franchino, President and Principal of Design Concepts. “Our team created a universal design concept that is easily installed by an average person living in any culture anywhere in the world — from a tribe in the Brazilian rain forest to a teacher in rural Ethiopia. This unprecedented access to information will empower communities and individuals while fostering creativity, education and equality. We believe the results will be transformative for the entire globe."
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